Job - UNDP Program Analyst
Location :Dili, Timor Leste
Application Deadline :12-Oct-11
Type of Contract :FTA International
Post Level 2
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)01-Dec-2011
Duration of Initial Contract :One Year with possible extension
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Taken into consideration in the course of the country’s development, UNDP environment portfolio under UNDP/TL CPD and CPAP for 2009 to 2013 aims to ensure environmental concerns are fully mainstreamed in the national planning by supporting the Government in the establishment of a solid environment management framework.
With financial resource support from GEF as the major financial source, UNDP has supported Timor-Leste in the ratification and accession to the all major international Conventions and is supporting the relevant government authority in the implementation of the first steps of the institutional strengthening and development of country strategies and actions under these international conventions. Meanwhile, UNDP also is helping with the institutional and capacity development of relevant government agencies – particularly the Secretary of State for Environment, the National Directorate for International Environment Affairs, and the National Directorate for Environment in the Ministry of Economy and Development.
Within the Poverty Reduction and Environment Unit (PREU), the work of UNDP’s environment portfolio is guided by three key strategic outputs:
- Supporting the Government of Timor-Leste in responding to obligations under the Multilateral Environmental Agreements, specifically under the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), for Biological Diversity (UNCBD) and on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The development of action plans and strategies under these will support the Government in developing capacity and support strategic planning in the relevant sectors;
- Mainstreaming environment into policy development and national planning, ensuring that environmental considerations are reflected in relevant legislation and regulation thus supporting the government in its efforts towards sustainable development;
- Providing access to sustainable energy to vulnerable communities, improving the quality of life of Timor-Leste’s most isolated communities and allowing for the development of new income generating activities.
In addition, as a trusted partner of the government in this area, UNDP will continue support to the government in the effort to access assistance from various climate change financing, to develop environment and climate change mitigation and adaptation programmes, and thus to contribute to global climate change and environmental management.
Operationally, UNDP’s Environment projects are implemented in close collaboration with the Government of Timor-Leste. All key documents are developed in consultation with stakeholders and partners, and project teams regularly meet with their direct counterparts
The Programme Officer will provide overall day to day management of the environment portfolio of UNDP Timor Leste, including the coordination of monitoring and evaluation requirements. The incumbent will also assist in the formulation of new projects, advocacy, partnership building and resource mobilisation for the environment programme.
Under the supervision of the Head of the PREU, the Programme Officer will provide timely and substantive coordination support to the formulation, implementation and monitoring of the current Environmental portfolio as well as in the support of future projects.
Duties and Responsibilities
Implement, manage, and monitor projects under the Environment portfolio
- Establish and support Project Implementation Units.
- Provide project assurance by monitoring the quality of the outputs of the project and progress vis-à-vis the established workplan and available budget.
- Provide overall guidance to projects to ensure compliance with UNDP Programme and Operations Policies and Procedures.
- Oversee the project team to ensure effectively management of project resources and updating budget and workplan according to progress and to output implementation requirements.
- Update project risks and issues in ATLAS on a quarterly basis, with the project teams.
- Manage and motivate project teams to secure adequate project implementation as set out in the Project Documents and following guidance from PSC; Support linkages with other projects and units of UNDP Timor-Leste.
Engage in strategic planning and resource mobilization activities. More specifically, the Programme officer is responsible for:
- In cooperation with the State Secretary for Environment, and APRC, carry out consultations with other relent national partners and development partners in developing new concept notes and pipeline for GEF 5 and other potential funding windows.
- Assist the Head of Unit in repositioning UNDP environment portfolio and activate cooperation with the donors and stakeholders on the ground.
- Assess capacities of key government institutions in environment and climate change areas and advise on capitalising on strengths and addressing the gaps.
- Advise on synergy building between environment portfolio and other UNDP projects such as disaster management and rural developments.
Support to policy capacity building, knowledge management and advocacy and partnership building for the Environment portfolio:
- Participating actively in the reporting requirements of the Country Office to UNDP Headquarters (HQ) and Government of Timor-Leste.
- Participate in the Monitoring and Evaluation exercises for the CPAP and the UNDAF.
- Supervision of programme associate.
- Supervise, assist and train junior team members such as interns, UNVs.
- Mentoring and training national programme officers working in the Environment Unit.
- Work with the office Media Unit in developing documents for project output dissemination and advocacy actions, such as press releases, project factsheets and updates to the UNDP TL website and others
- Participates in related forums to enhance coordination and partnership among stakeholders working in the area of environment.
- Demonstrates integrity and commitment to UN principles and values and ethical standards
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills
- Ability to work well as part of a multi-cultural team and displays gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
- Ability for team working;
- Self-management, emotional intelligence and conflict management;
- Analytical and strategic thinking/results orientation;
- Knowledge sharing.
- Experience in leading teams towards results is an asset
- Knowledge of global environmental issues and understanding of core Multilateral Environmental Agreements
- Experience in participating and following the project cycle, creative capacity solving problems
- Computer literacy (e.g. Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, Netscape Communicator, and other internet-based communication tools) is a prerequisite.
Required Skills and Experience
- Masters degree (or equivalent) in environmental studies, natural resources management, or other associated disciplines.
- Minimum of 2 years of relevant professional experience at international level in development programming, preferably on environment related programming.
- Minimum 3 years of relevant field experience in dealing with development assistance projects, preferably in post-conflict situations.
- Fluency in written and spoken English.
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.